By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, the Associated Press claims that he died at a treatment center for mental illness.
“We are saddened to hear about the passing of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Mark Pavelich,” USA Hockey said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to Mark’s family & friends. (He is) forever a part of hockey history.”
He passed away at the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.
In 2019, he was placed into the treatment facility due to assaulting a neighbor in Cook County, Minnesota. The Minnesota Star-Tribune reported that Pavelich felt like the man had spiked his beer.
Pavelich was charged with felony assault. However, it was determined that he was mentally ill.
A December 2019 report from a psychologist found that he was suffering from delusions and paranoia.
In the 1980 Olympics, he assisted on Mike Eruzione’s game-winning goal against the Soviet Union. In 2014, he sold his gold medal, as he received more than $250,000 for the memorabilia.
“His determination, passion, and dazzling playmaking ability earned him the adoration of Rangers fans during his five-year tenure in New York,” the team said.
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